2K and Turtle Rock Studios announced today that Arena Mode is coming to Evolve™, the 4v1 shooter featuring four Hunters cooperatively fighting to take down a single-player controlled Monster, as a free update. In Arena Mode, players head straight into an epic fight as one Monster battles a team of four Hunters to the death in intense, best-of-three matches set in fixed arenas. Arena Mode is completely free on all platforms and will be available to all Evolve players today. For an exclusive look at Arena Mode in action, tune into the Evolve Twitch.tv stream at 12:00 PM ET here: http://twitch.tv/EvolveGame.
“Arena Mode adds a completely new way to play Evolve by bringing players straight into frenetic, heart-pounding battles,” said Chris Ashton, co-founder and design director at Turtle Rock Studios. “Our goal is to provide players with the most entertaining gameplay experience possible, andArena Mode provides nonstop combat for those who want nothing but action.”
In Arena Mode, five fixed arenas are placed on 14 of Evolve’s maps for a total of 70 locations to brawl. A Stage 2 Monster player spawns into an arena against a team of four Hunters, and the two sides immediately battle to the death. The round ends when the Monster or the team of Hunters is eliminated, and the next round takes place in a new fixed arena on the same map. The first side to win two rounds is victorious in the best-of-three Arena Mode match.
In addition to today’s Arena Mode announcement, the Evolve Proving Grounds Tournament is also underway. Played exclusively on Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, the Evolve Proving Grounds Tournament is produced by ESL, the world’s largest esports company. The European Semifinals took place at ESL’s Cologne, Germany studio on May 24, 2015. The North American Semifinals will take place at ESL’s Burbank, Calif. Studio on May 31, 2015. The top two teams from each regional semifinal will compete in the Global Finale in Los Angeles on June 17, 2015 for a piece of the $100,000 prize pool. The Evolve Proving Grounds Tournament Grand Finale will take place in front of a live studio audience at Club Nokia in Los Angeles on June 17, 2015 and will be broadcast live on Twitch athttp://twitch.tv/EvolveGame. For more information on the Evolve Proving Grounds Tournament, visit http://play.eslgaming.com/